arisandmartha is the creative collaboration between dancers, performers and markers Aris Papadopoulos and Martha Pasakopoulou. Based in Athens they work in the crossroads of dance, performance and site-specific exploring togetherness on and off stage and experimenting with movement and performative languages under a variety of conceptual ideas. While following individual artistic paths they began working together in 2016 bringing their interests and aesthetics into a common discussion, particularly investing in composition, rhythm, absurd imagery, awkwardness and fragmentation in order to activate open fields of potentiality and performativity. With their first work touching.just (2017) they were selected as Aerowaves 2018 Artists and substantially toured in Greece and Europe, through the EDN and Aerowaves networks. In 2018 they created the work Five Steps to Save the World, a participatory performance for one visitor at a time as part of the Performance Shop programmed by the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2018 in Athens. In spring 2019 they premiered the full length work Lucy. tutorial for a ritual which was co-produced by the Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2019 and programmed by the 25th Kalamata International Dance Festival 2019. Flexible and open to the double identity of performer – maker their work explores the ever occurring challenge of discovering new creative grounds with each performative encounter.
Their latest work ALL THAT MATTER, or notes on performing friendship premiered in March 2022 in Athens.
arisandmartha have been supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports (2018-22), GARAGE Performing Arts – Corfu (2018), KLAP Maison pour la danse – Marseille (2018), FLUXUM Foundation – Geneva (2019), Flux Laboratory Athens (2019) and Duncan Dance Research Center – Athens (2018-22).
Martha Pasakopoulou was a fellow artist at ARTWORKS SNF Artist Fellowship Program 2019. Aris Papadopoulos was a resident artist at the Onassis AiR Critical Practices International Research Residency Program 2020.